Waiver Wire Transfer Weekly Report
Note: My waiver wire report goes a little deeper and leans towards high-risk leagues (15 teams)
Playing time and success shifted in Diaz’s favor over the last week. He has a six-game hitting streak (10 of 19) and has also homered in his last four starts at home. As exciting as his hot career seems, Diaz offered no playable value in his first 119 at-bats (.151 with 12 runs, two home runs and eight RBIs). Diaz piqued the interest of Fantasy owners during a half-season of playing time in Pittsburgh in 2018 (.286 in 252 at-bats with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs). However, Diaz only makes sense as C2 in deep leagues, with his best success at home (.253 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 88 at-bats).
A slight hamstring problem with Bobby Dalbec opened a small window of playing time for Santana this week. He has seven hits in his previous four games (16 AB, three R, one HR, five RBI and one SB). Santana struggled to make contact in his first 23 games after his call-up to the majors (.123 in 65 at-bats with two home runs, four RBIs and 20 strikeouts). With continuous improvement, Boston should change more at-bats in its own way.
The White Sox sent Yermin Mercedes back to the minors after losing her last 78 at-bats (.128 with no home runs and eight RBIs). Their struggles created an opportunity for Sheets after hitting .292 at AAA this season with seven home runs and 33 RBIs in 161 at-bats. Sheets began his major league career with a four-game hitting streak (6 of 15 with two homers and RBIs). Chicago has the option to play him at 1B, OF and DH. Sheet brings in a 20/80 skill set while projecting to have a neutral batting average.
With Kolten Wong placed on the disabled list with a calf problem, the Brewers turned to Peterson to start at second base. He responded with a seven-hit streak (10 of 21 with nine runs, one home run, seven RBIs and one stolen base). However, his major league resume (.229 with 177 runs, 25 home runs, 157 RBIs and 43 steals in 1,556 at-bats) paints a picture on the upside, making Peterson just a fill-in from week to week. week in deep formats.
The Reds called up Lopez this week after an excellent start to the season at AA and AAA (.360 in 200 at-bats with 41 runs, two home runs, 27 RBIs and six stolen bases). His walking rate (10.5) has the top of the order on the rise while he is extremely difficult to strike out (8.9 percent strikeout rate). Lopez is just a steady bat due to his lack of power and a low ceiling on speed.
The Athletics moved Andrus to second in the batting order a couple of times over the past 10 days. He hit his first home run on July 2 while having two steals in his last five starts. Andrus is hitting .267 since June 1 with 14 runs, a home run, 11 RBIs and four steals. The only chase here is a stolen base pothole in 15-team leagues.
The White Sox lost Jake Lamb to a quadruple problem, leading to Burger being called up. His bat shone in 171 at-bats at AAA (.322 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs) this season. In his major league debut, he was 2-for-4 with one run. Chicago drafted him in the first round in 2017, but a significant Achilles tendon injury cost him the previous three years. Burger fits into the buy and hold category in all formats.
After eight slow games (3 of 22 with one home run and two RBIs) through mid-June, the restless fantasy owners tipped Fraley to the free-agent pool in 35 percent of the 12-team leagues at the high stakes. . market. Heading into Saturday night, he’s on a four-hit streak (6 of 12) with three runs, two home runs, three RBIs and two steals. His projected 2021 stats in more than 500 at-bats reach 71 runs, 29 home runs, 88 RBIs and 29 steals. Easy math screams that Fraley should be copyrighted in all formats.
Over the more than two weeks, the Giants have had Wade in their starting lineup 12 of 14 games, leading to 12 hits in 44 at-bats with nine runs, four home runs, 11 RBIs and one steal. He has more minor league career walks (317) than strikeouts (294) while hitting .275 with 43 home runs, 246 RBIs and 44 stolen bases in 1,755 at-bats. His power appears to be developing, and thefts are expected to continue.
Despite hitting .218 in his previous 87 at-bats with two home runs and seven RBIs, Smith showed power in his first two games in July (2 of 8 with two home runs). His at-bats window improved after the Diamondbacks placed Ketel Marte on the disabled list with a hamstring problem. Smith only works as a bench-value injury hedge in deep leagues.
Greene made 10 starts between AA and AAA this season, leading to a 2.65 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. His first AAA fights came from four home runs allowed in 13.1 innings, but he ticked the boxes higher in all other stats. Unfortunately, his arm only has so many innings in the tank after sitting in 2019 with TJ surgery and no minor league games last season. Greene appears to be next in line to be called up if the Reds need another starting option.
Garrett Richards (7.06 ERA and 2.06 WHIP) and Martin Perez (5.04 ERA and 1.72 WHIP) struggled in June, opening the door for Houck to earn a starting spot in the majors. He landed on the minor league disabled list for six weeks with an elbow problem. Since returning to the mound at AAA, Houck posted a 3.38 ERA, 0.66 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 10.2 innings. On June 29, he pitched to 67 pitches, putting him on track to pitch five innings in his next start. Player to watch as Boston needs him in the majors.
If Trevor Bauer’s off-field problem persists, the Dodgers can call Pepiot from AA. In nine games this season, he has a 2.08 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. Batters only have 17 hits from Pepiot. His fastball is in the mid-90s as he offers an elite switch.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.